SANTA BARBARA The city of Santa Barbara is holding a community workshop next week for the proposed La Cumbre Junior High and Modoc Road multi-use path.
Residents are invited to learn about the project along the south side of Modoc Road between Las Positas Road and Mission Street, and along the west side of Portesuello Avenue between Modoc Road and Gillespie Street.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in the multipurpose room at La Cumbre Junior High School, 2255 Modoc Road, according to a news release.
The project comes following feedback from the neighborhood about the Westside neighborhood transportation planning effort regarding improving routes along heavily traveled roadways and separating vehicles from cyclists and pedestrians.
The proposed pathway is aimed at providing a safer route to school for La Cumbre Junior High students, while also providing more separation between high-speed vehicles and vulnerable road users. It will also create key connections in the local and regional bike network between Arroyo Burro Beach, Hidden Valley neighborhood, UCSB, and the planned Westside bike boulevard gap closure project that connects the Westside to downtown.
Some of the design options that will be considered include the removal of on-street parking and trees near the roadway.
Possible funding for the project may come from the state’s Active Transportation Grant Program, which requires grant applications in the spring.